Tryon Creek State Natural Area, Portland

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The Tryon Creek State Natural Area is a state park located primarily in Portland, in the U.S. state of Oregon. It is the only Oregon state park within a major metropolitan area. The 645acre park lies between Boones Ferry Road and Terwilliger Boulevard in southwest Portland in Multnomah County and northern Lake Oswego in Clackamas County and is bisected from north to south by Tryon Creek.ResourcesThe park includes hiking trails, a paved bicycle path, and horse trails. The 3mi bicycle path, which runs along Terwilliger Boulevard on the east edge of the park to Lake Oswego, is part of the Portland metropolitan area's system of greenway trails known as the 40 Mile Loop. Near the main entrance off Terwilliger, part of the parking lot is devoted to horse trailers. Riders can choose between the 2mi North Horse Loop and the 3mi West Horse Loop. Hikers can use the bike path, the horse trails, and 8mi of hiking trails. The paved 0.35mi Trillium Trail, a loop furnished with drinking fountains and interpretive signs, can accommodate wheelchairs. Trillium Trail has benches and two viewing decks.A park building called the Nature Center is near the main park entrance. It has a small play area for toddlers, a gift shop, a large classroom, and a separate area for educational exhibits. Nearby is the Glenn Jackson Shelter, a covered structure for outdoor events.
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  • We go to Tryon at least twice a summer. A great place to wander in the woods. It's in a deep valley so beware of the climb up if your not in shape or have a bad leg.  more »
  • This is a great and beautiful place to take the kids-of all ages. There is an information area and gift shop.  more »
  • Bring some bug spray, and a travel coffee...and take it all in. The canopies of trees are so beautiful to look at and listen to in a breeze. Amazing to have such a site right in town. Grab lunch in Jo...  more »
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  • A favorite with the locals, Tryon Creek is a very nice, large (650 acres) and easily accessible natural forest with many miles of hiking paths. The visitor center is worth a stop. In wet weather the trails are very slippery so choose appropriate footwear and on nice weekends the place is packed making parking difficult. But definitely worth a visit.
  • Nicely maintained, well-drained trails, some easy, many intermediate. Old growth trees, mossy rocks, streams and at least one waterfall. Plenty of birds and other wildlife, if you're quiet enough. The nature center is a little kids' delight! Book, nature themed toys and puppets, a few simple interactive museum-type displays and a large window with view of a collection of bird feeders. I credit this place with turning my young kid (then two years old) into a hiking enthusiast. Nature center also has a gift shop and a classroom where various programs are held. Kids "story and stroll" events weekly, too. The friends of Tryon Creek website has more info.
  • Lots of amazing trails. If you love to take pictures this is definitely a place for you. We were able to spend 2 and a half hours hiking here and didn't get bored at all.
  • A nice respite close to the city. It wasn’t very crowded for a Sunday morning. There is a paved loop excellent for wheelchairs, walkers and strollers. If you like a little more challenging course the unpaved North Trail has a section involving stairs but still easy if you have any experience trail hiking.
  • Perfect place to go for a hike close to town. The grounds are very well kept and there are options to do short or long hikes. Take the kids, dog, or even your horse!
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